This wasn't even on my pintxos map but it was open and looked inviting on the rainy Sunday night we are there. (It rains a lot in San Sebasatián). The pintxos are pretty standard (for here) and traditional but decent enough and the service is warm and efficient. It's hard for me, a naturally greedy pig not to pick up everything that I fancy from the bar top. So I do, for the most part. These below look like Angulas, baby eels, a delicacy in Spain. I've never seen them at a tapas bar in the UK although you can get a copy from many Spanish supermarkets*. The fresh ones that Asador Etxebarri serve seasonally are highly prized here.
last time and fight our way through the rain then the crowds at the bar to order. We are also quite pissed at this point. I really enjoy this part of the night, where everything is funny and the beer is flowing freely. Some of the dishes are slightly over salted this evening although it's still good. We eat this below, risotto apart who knows what it was? I think one dish is a ravioli. We wolf it all down.
Almost next door, Atari wasn't originally on my list either but we just fall into it on our wanderings. It's an enjoyable clean modern bar and the service is unusually friendly. (The Basque bars don't always do service with a smile we've found).
More foie and a lovely goat's cheese ice cream finish our night off in style.
San Sebastián Pintxos Map from twitter pal Jesús Fdez.
Places to try next time: La Vina, Bar Txepetxa, Ganbara, La Cepa, Bar Nestor etc.....
To be continued.
* I am reliably informed that the Angulas in the Spanish supermarkets are not real but seafood imposters called Gulas (false angulas) made from Surimi a fish from Alaskan waters pressed into blocks on factory ships. You can get the real Angulas canned but even these are very expensive. Follow @Bacononthebeech